Pocket-Sized Drawing Robot Costs Less Than $70

Machines should’ve democratized art a long time ago. Take plotters, which let even the most ham-fisted draftsman whip off complicated, high-quality drawings faster than I can sketch a stick figure. Two problems: Plotters are big and way too expensive for your average doodler.

Enter London-based Diatom Studio, which has developed Piccolo, a plastic drawing robot that fits in your pocket and costs less than a set of oil paints.

Here’s what they say on their website:

For under $70, you will be able to assemble your personal Arduino-compatible kit for tinkering, and playing with basic CNC output. Be it plotting a quick graffiti, printing a one-off business card on the fly, or multiple Piccolos working together to create a large mural, this kit provides a platform for experimenting with 2-D or 3-D digital fabrication at a small scale.

One drawback: Piccolo generates art that’s only about the size of a sticky note, the designers tell us. So if your dream is to auto-paint the next Wedding at Cana, tough luck. The device is better suited to small sketches and simple pattern making. I guess who needs Veronese when you’ve got mustache power strips?!

Piccolo is still a prototype. For updates on availability, go here.

[Images courtesy of Diatom Studio]

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  • rod

    So you know art and art history.  But what does this thing actually do?  What if we don't know how to draw in the first place?  Intriguing, but not informative.